"Cabinet Battle Two (Off-Broadway)" is the 9th song of Act 2 and the 33rd song overall in the Off-Broadway production of Hamilton.

The main differences are that Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson's conversation is emitted with Eliza reminding her husband to let it go.


The issue on the table: France is in the middle of their own revolution.
Do we commit aid and troops to this alliance or do we declare neutrality?
Remember, my decision on this matter is not up to congressional approval.
Secretary Jefferson, you have 45 seconds

Clears throat
When we were on death's door, when we were needy
We made a promise, we signed a treaty
We needed money and guns and half a chance
Uhh, who provided those funds?


In return, they didn't ask for land
Only a promise that we'd lend a hand
And stand with them if they fought against oppressors
And revolution is messy but now is the time to stand
Stand with our brothers as they fight against tyranny
I know that Alexander Hamilton is here
And he would rather not have this debate
I'll remind you that he is not Secretary of State

He knows nothing of loyalty
Smells like new money, dresses like fake royalty
Desperate to rise above his station
Everything he does betrays the ideals of our nation


Oh, uh, and if ya

Don’t know, now ya know, Mr. President

Thank you, Secretary Jefferson
Secretary Hamilton, your reply?
45 seconds

Let it go!

You must be out of your goddamn mind
If you think the President is gonna
Bring the nation to the brink of
Meddling in the middle of a military mess
A game if chess, where France is
Queen and Kingless

We signed a treaty with a King
Whose head is now in a basket
Would you like to take it out and ask it?
"Should we honor our treaty, King Louis' head?"
"Oh… I can't hear him, he's super dead!”

Enough! Hamilton is right

Mr. President—

We're too fragile to start another fight

But, sir, do we not fight for freedom?

Sure, when the French figure out who's gonna lead 'em

The people are leading

The people are rioting
There's a difference, frankly
It's a little disquieting you would
Let your ideals blind you to reality


Draft a statement of neutrality


  • The song uses "Two" in its title; however, during the Broadway Production it was renamed to "#2" instead.
Songs in Hamilton (Off-Broadway Production)
Act One
Alexander Hamilton
Aaron Burr, Sir
My Shot
The Story of Tonight
The Schuyler Sisters
Farmer Refuted
You'll Be Back
Right Hand Man
Ladies Transition
The Story of Tonight (Reprise)
Wait For It
Stay Alive
Ten Duel Commandments
Meet Me Inside
That Would Be Enough
Lafayette Interlude
History Has Its Eyes On You
Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)
What Comes Next?
Dear Theodosia
Act Two
What'd I Miss
Cabinet Battle One
Take A Break
Say No To This
The Room Where It Happens
Schuyler Defeated
Cabinet Battle Two
Washington On Your Side
One Last Ride
I Know Him
The Adams Administration
We Know
The Hurricane
Blow Us All Away
Stay Alive Philip
It's Quiet Uptown
The Election of 1800
Your Obedient Servant
Best of Wives, Best of Women
The World Was Wide Enough
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story